According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Matt Miller, the Philadelphia Eagles have their eyes on Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter with the 10th pick.
The Seattle Seahawks (fifth overall) and Chicago Bears (ninth overall) are also potential landing spots for Carter.
The Eagles have two first-round picks (10th and 30th overall). General Manager Howie Roseman and Co. value building their team in the trenches.
The Eagles could opt to move up from the 10th selection for a that they really covet or simply go best player available with both Round 1 picks.
In early March, Carter had to leave the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to turn himself in on charges of reckless driving relating to his involvement in a January crash that killed teammate Devin Willock and Georgia staff member Chandler LeCroy.
Carter returned to the combine after making bond. He showed up to the Georgia pro day later in March out of shape and overweight. This led to further questions about Carter’s stock heading into the 2023 NFL Draft.
Carter decided to only taking visits with teams selecting in the top 10. This seems to be a indication that Carter doesn’t think he’s falling out of that range.
On the field, Carter would be a perfect fit for the Eagles. They lost Pro Bowl defensive tackle Javon Hargrave to the conference-rival San Francisco 49ers in free agency.
The idea of having Carter team up with former teammate and 2022 first-round pick Jordan Davis at defensive tackle is very intriguing.
The Eagles retained interior lineman Fletcher Cox. It’s not known how much he has left in the tank at the age of 32 after 11 seasons of battle in the NFL trenches.
The question is whether the Eagles would take a chance on Carter given his showing at the Georgia pro day and off-field concerns.
The Eagles find themselves in a unique position of being a Super Bowl contender selecting within the top 10.
Carter is a elite-level talent, who may be worthy of taking a chance on.
Jalen Carter of the Georgia Bulldogs. Photo courtsey of Ashley Landis / AP